Explore Application Process

Initial application

EVMS is highly competitive, and each year, the medical school receives more than 6,000 applications from which approximately 151 students are selected. The admissions process begins on June 1 and ends in August of the following year. Initial applications are received through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The MD admissions process begins after a completed application is received from the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Electronic applications and the instructions for completing the AMCAS application can be accessed through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.

This application contains information about the applicant, including a personal comments section and a record of the applicant’s academic performance. In addition to academic information, the application should include other life experiences such as previous healthcare work, volunteerism, and employment history.

Supplemental application

Once the prospective student's AMCAS application has been received by EVMS, MD Admissions may request that a secondary application be completed. This will be sent to the applicant via the email address supplied to AMCAS when the primary application was submitted.

Veterans are eligible for reimbursement of these fees through the Veterans I-SERVED Program.

Letters of recommendation

  • If your undergraduate or graduate school has a premedical advisory committee, we urge you to have your letter(s) sent by that committee. Otherwise, to fulfill our secondary requirement you must submit three individual letters:  two of which must be from a natural and/or physical sciences faculty, this includes neuroscience and research faculty.  The other letter can be from non-science faculty (courses in mathematics will be considered a non-science letter).

  • Applicants currently or previously enrolled in a graduate program must submit another letter of recommendation from their thesis or graduate advisor if a graduate committee letter is not submitted.

  • You may submit additional letters, but only the mandatory letters will fulfill the secondary requirement.

  • If you have just begun or are planning to begin a one-year master's degree program in the fall, you are required to submit a letter from your program advisor verifying your enrollment and the program completion date.

Acceptance protocol for Eastern Virginia Medical School


February 20:

  • "Plan to Enroll" becomes available in the Choose Your Medical School tool for applicants to select in the AMCAS application.
April 15:
April 30:
  • "Commit to Enroll" becomes available to applicants in the Choose Your Medical School tool in addition to "Plan to Enroll" (note: selecting "Commit to Enroll" does not automatically withdraw applicants from other medical schools).
  • Per the Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants, applicants should narrow their acceptance offers to one, with no limit on the number of alternate list offers they may hold.

Application deadline

Applications for regular admission may be submitted to EVMS through AMCAS between June 1 and Nov. 1, although applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials as early as possible.

Early Decision Program

EVMS participates in the Early Decision Program (EDP) with the Association of American Medical Colleges. The application period is June 1 through August 1, with applicants being notified of a decision no later than October 1. Early decision or not, all applicants are encouraged to submit materials to AMCAS and EVMS as early as possible. Applicants are strongly urged to contact Admissions prior to applying to the Early Decision Program.

Notifications of acceptance

Applicants applying through the Early Decision Program (EDP) are notified as soon as possible but no later than Oct. 1. General pool applicants are notified on a rolling basis beginning Oct. 15.

Applicants offered positions must respond to the letter from the dean within two weeks of acceptance. This time may be shortened as the starting date for classes approaches. An applicant accepting a position at EVMS must sign and return the Conditions of Acceptance form and a $100 acceptance deposit (which will be applied toward tuition) to hold a place in the class. The acceptance deposit is refundable prior to May 1.

Non-discrimination policy

Eastern Virginia Medical School does not discriminate in the recruitment and admission of students on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, religion, political affiliation or handicap as required by Title VI, Title IX and Section 504.